There are many things to be in awe of when you enter “Dior: From Paris to the World” at the Dallas Museum of Art. From a cathedral-like room packed with remarkable designs to areas filled with the works of Dior himself, imagination runs abundant throughout the exhibit. Several pieces in particular caught my eye…the mood boards by current Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. Mood boards (aka vision boards) let designers establish a theme for their lines with visual details and inspirations.
It was then serendipitous that a review copy of Sarah Centrella’s book FutureBoards: Learn How to Create a Vision Board to Get Exactly the Life You Want came to my mailbox. Taking inspiration from mood boards, Centrella asks readers to take the concept further with what she dubs #FutureBoards. She defines them as a physical board (proudly displayed) that has beautiful photographs intentionally chosen to visually show the creator’s future dream life.
Experiences Not Things
What I appreciate most about Centrella’s concept is #FutureBoards focus on experiences and not things. Experiences matter because, as Centrella writes, “they teach you to focus on what brings you happiness and joy. When you are building your life around experiences, you are training your mind to seek happiness and receive joy. It’s one of the fastest ways for you to tap into a sensation of happiness at any given moment, by thinking of an experience you want to live. When you feel that happiness in your mind, you will soon manifest it in real life.”
The book is divided into three parts:
- Exercises to do before building your board
- Recommendations of what to put on your board (and how to assemble it)
- Making the things on your board happen in real life
Centrella also offers questions to determine if you’re a dreamer or a thinker (important for #FutureBoards) and delves into three “primary blocks” that hold people back from achieving their dreams. She also discusses how to overcome them. Additionally, personal stories appear throughout the book from folks who’ve had success after using Centrella’s methods. And if paper is abhorrent to you, Centrella offers ways to utilize online tools to build your #FutureBoard.
In many ways #FutureBoards remind me of the mood boards spotted at the Dior exhibit. Both encourage viewers to enter another world. A world where ruts vanish, visions intertwine, and out of the ordinary possibilities exist. Except with a #FutureBoard you’re putting together something personally powerful versus losing yourself in someone else’s creation. I’ll be making my own #FutureBoard using Centrella’s tactics and encourage you to do the same. You can also share her book with a girl in your life or a different loved one looking for new direction.
FutureBoards: Learn How to Create a Vision Board to Get Exactly the Life You Want is available online.
Top picture taken at “Dior: From Paris to the World”.
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